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of millions of dollars to buy the loyalties of the taliban. >>> plus, we will take you to one corner of afghanistan, where the locals created their own militia and drove the taliban out. >>> in our signature segment, a remarkable woman in india, providing hope and inspiration to those in the lowest class. >>> and what newly discovered ruins in mexico may tell us about the demise of the civilization. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts around the world, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by rosalind p. walter and the peter g. peterson foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening, welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new york. we start off tonight with the war in afghanistan, and a conference in london that brought together high level officials, including foreign ministers from dozens of countries, to discuss afghanistan's future. the aim is to turn over security duties to a
millions of doars to buy the loyalties of the taliban. plus, we will take you to one rner of afghanistan, where t locals cread their own militia and drove the taliban out. >>> our signature segmt, a remarkable woman i india, providing hope and inspiration to thosein thelowest class. >>> and what newly discover ruins in mexico may tell us about the demise of the civilization. >>> from the differentopinions of repters and analys around the world, this is "worldfocus." major support has be provided by rosalind p. walr and the peter g. peterso foundati, dedicated to proting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges fing america's future. d additional prided by the following supporte -- >>> goodevening, welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new yk. we srt off tonight discussing ghanistan's future. the aim is to turn over security duties to afghan forces a turn at least som of the taliban from enemies to potential alli. in their final communition,ed aders agre to start transferring secity responsibilities to afgn foes late this year, or eay next year. presidentami
. >> we've beenalking a lot this week about the other war in afghantan. dwrond oreach to the taliban, beyond the plans fo a large fund ofcash to try to win their support, it trns out that there haveeen secret talks going on betwn elements of th afghan government andthe opposition. as al jazeera english sws us, the talks are a worldway from the battleground of afghanistan. >> reporter: a trist haven and a luxury rsort it is an unlily setting fhe eakthrough in a bier war in afghanistan. but al jazeera was able to confirm thatital talks did indeed take place here last weekend. attended by afghan mps and government officialswith one of the main armed oosition groups fiting alongside the taliban. the leader sent hison to the talks and it was agreed, he would lead a delegation to enga the most senior xhanlders of the talan to discuss reconciliation with the afghan government. anmp who just arrived back from the tas told al jazeera, seven men with close lks to the taliban we also presen all of them held in high respect by the taliban's leader. >> we are tryingo find a third way. a wabetween
in afghanistan and getting the taliban to join the government. more than two weeks after the devastating earth quake in haiti, the growing threat of disease among those still in desperate need of help. >>> and far away from conflict and catastrophe, life among the penguins, up close and personal in patagonia. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts around the globe, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by -- rosalind p. walters and the peter j. peterson foundat n foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters. >> good evening. welcome to "worldfocus." i'm daljit dhaliwal in new york. although the united states still has more than 100,000 troops in iraq, britain's involvement ended last year when the country withdrew its forces. but for britain, the emotional cost of the war continues, especially for the families of 179 british troops who were killed in iraq. the families were among those paying close attention today as the former
the taliban. now, the president's afghan plan has some problems as i see it. .... >> there was also the fact there was so much ethnic cleansing that the warring ethnosectarian factions were separated. my prediction in iraq is violence will return. there have been periodic large, multiple bombings like yesterday that indicates that all is not well. now, the strategy in the short term was a good one, paying off the sunni awakening which successfully divide the opposition and cannot be awakening to attack al qaeda instead of the united states. this same strategy of dividing the opposition has actually worked before to win counterinsurgency campaigns. there have been very few counterinsurgency campaigns that have been successful in the 20th century, but the defeat of the philippine rebels after the spanish-american war at the turn of the last century, the u.s. backed greek governments defeat of the guerrillas in 1947, and the british defeated the chinese insurgency in the 1950s, all of those have the same thing in common, that they split the opposition. however, in iraq the ethnosectarian fisher
of dollars to turn the taliban. world leaders back a new strategy f afghanistan. >> the public wants to see afghanistan takes all the strides towards ownership of its security and [unintelligible] >> facing the public for the first time since his state of the union address. the former french prime minister is acquitted of plotting to smear nicolas sarkozy. a warm welcome to "bbc world news." pleading haiti's case to the world's elite. bill clinton tells an audience oin that was what the country needs. >> pickups are bigger. i need a hundred yesterday. >> j.d. salinger dies at age of 91. hello to you. afghans could be in charge of security by the end of this year. there is a fund to pay taliban fighters to give up their weapons and bring moderate members of back to society. john simpson has this. >> with the personal chemistry clearly working, hillary clinton and david milliband meet and conference. skill for planning -- skillful planning meant their representatives could agree. americans took a backseat. it was gordon brown who sat out the objection -- objectives. >> we have to turn the tid
>>> toght on "worldfocus" -- >>> talking to the taliban. as e war in afghanistan escalates, n efforts to bring the surgent group into the political mix. >>> plus the littlenown relationship beten afghanistan and irn. how million of afghans have crossed the border in iran loing for aetter life. >>> how drugs from afghanistan have forced the ianians to fightheir own drug wa >>>and a story o srength and rseverance. the boxer from rth korea now called the million-dollababy. >>> fr the different perspectes of reporters and analystsrom around the globe, this is "worldcus." major support has been proded by rosind p. walter and the peter g. peterson fountion, dedicated promoting fiscal responsibili and addressing key onomic challenges facing america's futu. and additional funng is provided bthe following suorters -- > gd evening. i'm edie magnus. daljit dhaliwal is o toght. we begin in afghanistan and wt appes to be growing momentum for bringing the taliban into that country's political process. as the united statesnd its allies fight an creasingly toh war against the taliban, there
, gunfire erupted as the taliban launched a dord nate aid tack on the capital of afghanistan today. >>> some men from the d.c. area arrested in pakistan claimed they're being tortured. >> we'll tell you about tomorrow's special election in massachusetts. it could have a major impact on health care reform. >> nasa began a mission to find the phoenix lander on mars. >> beautiful out there, veron a veroka. . >> the mild day, too. tomorrow, wendy, i'll tell you about changes. >> the jets flying high after upsetting the chargers. plus, believe it or not, the wizards playing is only confidence. highlights when news 4 at 6:00 co >>> in afghanistan today, the taliban launched a brazen assault on the capital city of kabul. bombs went off and gun battles raged near that country's presidential palace .. officials say at least five people were killed and 40 wounded in the attack. after hours of ensuing gun fights, the president said security was restoered. nevertheless, many people see today's attack as a sign that the taliban start a plan to escalate its fight in afghanistan. jim miklaszewski is in ka
, and that is all about the feasibility of some sort of negotiated settlement with the taliban. what are the chances that can happen? >> it's welcome and overdue. evolution of american foreign policy that has taken place. so far american foreign policy was an extension of the bush doctrine, which was to find a military solution in iraq and afghanistan and pakistan based on the concept of cut off the head of the snake and everything will fall into place. this doctrine which was evolved originally by israel did not succeed in palestine. did not succeed in iraq. and cannot succeed in afghanistan and pakistan. because the militants draw their strength in their objective, which is panic and attrition. they draw their strength from a public unhappiness which is based on a public opposition to their own government and to u.s. policies. so that oxygen has to be dried up. and that requires a change in u.s. policy toward dialogue and dialogue which hopefully the american public will support. >> i found a myself wondering about the timing of this. is it a hill sudden? >> it is a little sudden, yes. but after a
and hear about them daily. one thing that i noticed is, having met some former taliban, is even they, as children, grew up being indoctrinated. they grew up in violence. they grew up in war. they were taught to hate. they were... they grew up in very ignorant cultures where they didn't learn about the outside world. and one thing we do is hire former taliban to teach in our schools, and it might sound a little bit controversial, but what's interesting is most of those men got out of the taliban because their mothers said, "what you're doing is not a good thing. it's not in the name of islam." it was their mothers who told them that. and they've become now our greatest advocates for education. they're willing to go out into the most, you know, volatile area and promote education. >> moyers: yeah, i wanted to ask you, i mean, i saw a report from the executive director of a non- government organization in kabul, operating in kabul, who said that only 10% to 15% of the taliban are ideologically driven. so, who are the taliban, as you experienced them? >> well, i've worked for now 17 year
the 2-front waagainst the taliban in afghanian and pakistan. >> brown: onhe economic front, it's good riddance to 2009 a some hopes and fears for 20. >> anybody who says that t rates dot have to go up is smoking something thatou probably can't do inost states. >> we're going to ha more foreclosures, 're going to have morjob losses. but i think that sloy but surely we' going to be climng out of this over the course of the year >> suarez: an enre report from ina on a state of the art eye care center that bieves in sharing costs anprofits. >> the patients are amg the rld's poorest people, rare ly -- e diseases. >> brown: plus the wkly analysis andew year's resoluons of mark shields and david brooks. that's all ahead on tonighs pbs newsho. major nding for e pbs newshour is prided by: >> what the world neednow is energy. the ener to get the economy humming again. the energy to tack challenges like climate change. what is that energy me from an energyompany? everay, chevron invests $6 million in peopl in ideas-- seeking, teaching, buildin fuelingrowth around the world to move usll ahead. th
them for the violence. now 42% of afghans blame the taliban and only 17% blame the afghan government. they are also much more confident about their economic prospects. 41% say they think they're good, compared to 29% last year. 60% of them say that they are better off now than under the taliban. afghans are still very worried about corruption. 95% said that corruption is a serious impediment. why this apparent turnaround in conference? western leaders hope that it reflects last year's dramatic change in the nato strategy. do more troops on the ground, a shift away from airstrikes, of the price paid by nato troops for that change has been high. many of them have been killed or injured. as a result, the trust of the afghan people is building. >> let's take you straight to cobble. -- kabul. thank you for joining us, matt. how were you able to get a fair and representative of view in your poll? >> we have been working at this for a number of years. we started doing polling in 2003. we have over 600 afghans employed in all 34 provinces of the country. this is afghans going out to talk to
was really an agent of the pakistan taliban. a chilling new video shows the man the cia thought they could trust, revealing his true loyalities. cnn's senior international correspondent nic robertson joins us live from amman, jordan, with the details. nic? >> reporter: until this video came out, there was a lot of questions of what was on the mind of this jordanian doctor who told jordanian intelligence officials that had gone to pakistan and he could help inform on al qaeda's leaders. the cia working with jordanian intelligence. the work he sourced. but in this video he said when he got to pakistan, he joined the pakistani taliban, told them all about this intelligence operation and with them planned an attack against the cia base in afghanistan and he said this is a very, very clear message that no amount of money can buy off somebody's faith from their god, an indication here that he would -- that whatever he told jordanian intelligence officials was just lies and that he was really working here for al qaeda and the taliban. and what we see in this video as well is him seating with the
years old last friday. >>> the taliban launched a series of strikes in kabul afghanistan early monday. the authorities have managed to restore order but the attacks made it clear that the militants are responding to the latest u.s. efforts in that country with more violence. joel brown has the latest. >> reporter: explosions and fierce gun fire rocked afghanistan's capital on monday. at least five were killed including two civilians and three members of security forces in fighting that lasted over three hours. the taliban says 2 of its fighters targeted key government buildings. >> not surprising that the taliban do this sort of thing. they are desperate people. they are ruthless. >> reporter: smoke poured out of a shopping mall and security forces battle with gunmen. a group of militants had thrown grenades inside the mall they say. afghan officials say at least seven insurgents were killed. there could be more but their bodies may have burned in the fires and explosions. president obama is ramping up u.s. war efforts in iraq and afghanistan. he wants to stop the taliban from providi
campaign to wipe out the taliban. fierce fighting forced 100,000 people to flee the region. pakistan sent in a force of 30,000 troops with heavy artillery and air strikes to attack the taliban. but the militants started a campaign of suicide bomb attacks on civilian targets. >> caught between the army and the taliban, they flee if they can. there is a desperate exodus from south what desire stan. journalists can't enter but there ar fighting. the taliban said they are defending every inch of territory. >> this is the old tertory -- >> the army says there is less resistance than expected so far but admits troops are advancing slowly. the taliban promised to hit back after the army's offensive. the surprise target, a seat of islamic learning. two bombers struck almost at the same time, one in this fack cult building. the other -- fack cult buildg. many schools and colleges were already closed for fear of attack, but the doors had stayed open here. >> they are killing brothers. we are their brothers. >> but others were angry with the government. chants of shame, shame, directed at the interi
>>> tonight on "worldfocus" -- >> the taliban claims responsibility for a suicide bombing in afghanistan that killed eight cia employees. one of the agency's worst losses ever. how did the bomber get through security? >>> a roadside bomb claims the lives of four canadian soldiers and a journalist. once again, raising questions in canada about its role in the war there. >>> a disturbing look at how the young nigerian accused of trying to blow up a u.s. jetliner, changed from a life of privilege to a commitment to jihad. >>> new year's celebrations, we welcome in 2010 and say good-bye to 2009. a year you could say was hard to bear. >>> from the different perspectives of reporters and analysts from around the globe, this is "worldfocus." major support has been provided by rosalind p. walter and the erson foundation, dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility and addressing key economic challenges facing america's future. and additional funding is provided by the following supporters -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge, thank you for joining us. it was an attack so damag
sudafed® behind the counter. >>> on the night that the taliban government in kabul fell in 2001, an 11-man unit of green berets boarded blackhawk helicopters and flew into the south of afghanistan into the taliban heartland of kandahar. they had two missions. one, partner with the then unknown english-speaking pashtun who had been living in exile, a man named hamid karzai, to turn the pashtuns against the taliban. and, two, beat the taliban in kandahar in their home base. did i mention we're only talking about 11 guys here? they are operational detachment alpha 574. these 11 green berets, 11 men did something in 2001 that tens of thousands of americans are trying to redo nine years later in 2010. their story and their success is told through first-hand accounts by these green berets and with the assent of the families of those who did not survive in a remarkable new book called "the only thing worth dying for, how 11 green berets forged a new afghanistan." earlier i sat down with the author eric blehm, and army major jason amerine who led this team of 11 green berets on this incredible mis
authorities say it has all the earmarks of a taliban attack. >> reporter: a steady stream of wounded people overwhelmed the local hospitals. volleyball players, spectators, and local residents. but police say they weren't the intended targets. the bomber wanted to attack tribal elders opposed to the taliban but couldn't reach the mosque where they'd gathered. instead he drove his suv packed with more than 500 pounds of explosives into a field crowded with people watching a volleyball tournament. the massive explosion in the town of lakki marwat leveled as many as 20 buildings. this is just the latest in a series of deadly bombings in pakistan. just four days ago, a suicide bomber captured here on cctv blew up his car in the port city of karachi, killing more than 40 people. altogether, more than 500 people have been killed in bomb attacks since october when the army launched a major anti-taliban offensive. the taliban have fought back with terrorist attacks right across this nuclear armed country >> all of this raises very worrying, serious questions of whether the government has a firm gri
in a pakistani village when a truck bomb went off. blame went to the taliban, the enemy in that part of the country. our own stephanie gosk is following this from our london bureau. >> reporter: good evening, brian. pakistani officials call this a retaliatory attack. a local militia had been fighting back against the taliban. they are doing whatever necessary on their own to chase them out of town. today the taliban struck back. the people of lakki marwat gatheredor a volley ball game. players and fans filled a local hospital. a lone suicide bomber drove a pick-up truck on to the field and detonated more than 500 pounds of explosive. as many as 75 people were killed, many children. >> reporter: the pakistani military launched an offensive this fall to root out the taliban in al qaeda hoping to bring an end to the attacks. many of the militants fled looking for safety in places like lakki marwat. >> if this offensive did anything in terms of curbing their activity, you wouldn't know it. >> reporter: since october, more than 500 people have been killed. on monday, karachi was hit. 43 p
are hearing that afghan soldiers thought a group of u.s. special forces in afghan commandoes were taliban militants. both sides mistook the other for enemy combatants. >>> out of haiti this morning, ten americans are charged with child trafficking. >> the americans are from idaho, from a charity based there called new life children's refuge. they were arrested at the border of the dominican republic. and one arrested said it's a case of misunderstanding. >> reporter: the ten americans are spending the night in haitian jail cells in port-au-prince close to the airport. a haitian judged charged them with child trafficking. the charges stem from the group's efforts to bus childrens out from haiti and into the dominican republic. and according to the leader, the intention was to take the children to the converted hotel where they would be given temporary shelter. there were never attempts to send the children abroad for adoption. she does concede that none of the children had passports and none of them had documentation provided by the haitian government that would permit them to travel. at o
>>> breaking news in afghanistan, the taliban targeting the government, a car carrying out a series of deadly attacks overnight. >>> growing frustration in haiti. many victims are in dire need of supplies. in our area the outpouring of support continues. >>> plus honoring the legacy. how the district is celebrating martin luther king day. good morning, everyone and welcome to "news4 today." i'm eun yang. >>> good morning. i'm joe krebs. it's monday, january 18, 2010. let's take a live look outside right now. it looks like the rain may have moved out of the region. man, what a day we had yesterday. a lot of rain coming down. 41 degrees now. considerably warmer than it was this time last week. >> yes, it has warmed up nicely. a mild day coming up for all the events going onor this martin luther king jr. day. temperatures this morning off to a above freezing start. prince george's county near 40. 40 in southern maryland, around the chesapeake bay and eastern shore. upper 30s in montgomery, arlington and fairfax counties and points west. out in the mountains upper 30s now near 40 easter
itself in what i call a syndicate of terrorist organizations in pakistan. the old of a began taliban, the new pakistan taliban, groups like josh mohammed, this is not a monolith and al qaeda is a very, very small part of a much larger syndicate. it has no central direction, it has various different agendas. but one thing stands out. they cooperate with each other. on a practical level and so far, none of them have been willing to turn on high value target number one. in the last year and a half, starting under the bush administration, which deserves credit for building the program, we have begun to put significant pressure on al qaeda in pakistan through the use of the drones. the obama administration has escalated the use of the drones to about one attack a week. but as we saw in khost, the al qaeda core remains undefeated. they remain resilient and deadly. if in fact the khost operation was the work of a triple agent as many now seem to thinking, triple agent operations are extraordinarily complex and difficult. this demonstrates the enemy we're dealing with is a very sophisticated
in advance. is he shown sitting next to the pakistani taliban essentially confirming the taliban's claim of responsibility for that attack. senior international correspondent nic robertson is standing by now in amman, jordan. nic? >> reporter: fredricka, until this video came out all that we knew is what the jordanian intelligence service and the cia knew about him, that he said he had gone to pakistan to train -- continue his draining as a doctor. he contacted intelligence services offering to help track down al qaeda leaders. now he's on this videotape filling in all of the blanks. he said what he actually did when he got to pakistan is went to the taliban, joined the taliban and told him what these intelligence agencies sent him there to do and then plotted this attack against the american cia base in afghanistan. then he shared a very clear warning for the cia and for the jordanian intelligence that somebody like him who has so much faith in god cannot be bought off, as he said, by millions of dollars. we have no idea if that is the real amount of money that he may or may not have be
to house -- 200,000 tents to house the refugees from the earthquake. the taliban government is wearing suicide vests in the capital of the southern afghan promise in -- province. dave shep -- they exchanged fire with the nato forces during a shootout. six people reported killed. we report from kabul. >> what should have been a busy street quickly turned to a battleground. another well organized taliban assault in one of the city's, designed to create chaos and undermine security in spectacular fashion. fighters took a position on this building, close to the office of the governor. they traded gunfire with security forces. this policeman said the building had been surrounded from both the ground and the air. the fighting was to last for hours. this all came a day after president thomas karzai called for talks with the taliban at a conference in london. he unveiled a plan to win over foot soldiers. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is gaining ground as a way to end conflict. president karzai's election -- opponent has announced support. >> i do think we need to reach out the peo
with the taliban. one of the most violent election campaigns. on tuesday, the elections began? . >> robert burns day, this year's commemorations comes as the scottish government plans a referendum bill designed to trigger a vote on whether the country should break away from the rest of the u.k. >> they are celebrating the life of robert burns at this scottish parliament. the national day is as good a reason as anyo throw a party. upstairs in the offices of the first minister, who ardently believes an independence bid this year he wants to hold a referendum on whether scala should go it alone. -- this year he will hold a referendum on whether to scotland should go it alone. >> for whatever trade agreements the scottish government has. >> 1/3 supports the goal. some pro union commentators have suggested it might be wise to call his bluff and give him the referendum he longs for. the calculation is that it df it was held now, it will lose. >> the opposition parties are still refusing to allow him to have his way. the recent banking crisis with its huge state bailouts has left some difficult questio
. to deny al qaeda a safe haven, to reverse the taliban's momentum, and deny the ability to control po population centers and the safety of afganistan government so they can take the lead of afganistan's future. the president had it exactly right. but americans know that in this fight in the global war on terror getting the strategy partly right will only lead to partial success. and as the attempted christmas day bombing showed all too plainly, partial success isn't good enough. so today i'd like it discuss some of my own impressions of how our mission is going in the place where the attacks of september 11, 2001, were launched and to describe the mission within the broader context of the global war that extends to places like yemen and to our own borders. because success in one place overseas could be easily overmined by neglect in another. an success in both could still be undermine by neglect at home. we simply cannot prevail in this fight if we treat the various elements of it as separate events or if we fail to restore the proper balance between safety and civil liberties. as the
that man umar mutallab. much more on the air scare coming up on the bottom of the hour. more on the taliban bomb that go killed seven cia employees in afghanistan. the press is reporting that the pakistani taliban claiming the attack was carried out by a cia operative who switched sides. that's what they say. they call the attack revenge for a top militant's death in a u.s. missile strike and reported being met with a load of skepticism. highly unusual for the pakistani taliban to claim credit for anything much less an attack in afghanistan and the cia is not confirming the taliban's claims. well, the attack said to be one of the deadliest in cia history and happened at operating base in the province southeast of the afghan capital of kabul. cia george little telling the associated press, there is much about the attack that isn't yet known, this much is clear, the cia's resolved to pursue aggressive counterterrorism operations is greater than ever. well, tonight we are learning new details about how the bomber got on to the base, the mistakes that led to the security breach, connor powell r
to afghanistan in september. now, success to me is defined as preventing the taliban from returning to power at the same time that we strengthen the afghan security forces to take responsibility for afghan security in order to ensure stability and -- in afghanistan. over the course of three days, we met with key civilian and military leaders in both pakistan and afghanistan, and, madam president, i would ask unanimous consent that the next two paragraphs of my statement listing our meetings with various leaders be inserted in the record at this time. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. levin: madam president, our men and women in uniform are performing magnificently. we visited with our troops in the field in kandahar, and they are living and operating in a difficult environment with only basic accommodations, yet their morale is high and they are eager to carry out their mission, and they have some of the best leadership that our military has to offer in isaf commander general stanley mcchrystal, general rodriguez, general caldwell. on the other side, they are putting together the
holbrooke condemned the attack. >> it's not surprising that the taliban do this sort of thing, they're desperate people. >> reporter: it may get worse, as the american military steps up its counter insurgency campaign, the taliban may resort to more attacks against civilian targets. the center of the capital remains under total lockdown as western intelligence officials fear, there may be still more taliban suicide bombers on the loose in the city. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, kabul. >>> when we continue in a moment, the cliffhanger in massachusetts, are the democrats about to lose the kennedy seat in the senate? the seat the gop now wants so badly. and there's the meloaf. yuck. look what sometimes happens with the ordinary bag. it slips, oh, bingo, it falls in. mom was mad. mom should have used glad forceflex with the new stretchable drawstring that grips the can and stays in place. plus, it has the stretchable strength of forceflex. that's all today for glad tv. bo: don't get mad-- get glad! shakes off dry winter skin with 2 separate ribbons. the white ribbon that cleanses and the
. interested to bringing the taliban back to their country after many years ago. now we have the backing of our partners and other allies. and we have better understanding of the situation the source that would provide opportunities for those taliban that return. those are the ones that are not al qaeda. the ones are not afghans waiting for the constitution and part of this country and not part of any tourist network will be persuaded to return to their own homes. the british and americans say it is ok by them. >> we have been talking about this issue nor the past year. we have seen more and more understanding. and willingness to accept the plan now. they have backing it. >> doesn't it look like weakness. they are saying that they are getting so strong, we have to take it there. >> it doesn't look like weakness. l taliban know that they are never able to come back as a government. they will never be able to come back to tear territory in any form. we know that we must have peace at any cost. at any cost? >> at any cost means war is not the only way forward. fighting is not the only way forward.
peace process with the taliban. with more details from the conference - >> lancaster house, london, gordon brown and tom karzai, co- host, arrived together from downing street for the conference seen as a critical watershed for the future of afghanistan. the other host is don king moon, it you and secretary general. but much power lies with hillary clinton, secretary of state of america, sending thousands more troops of afghanistan to try to win the peace. once there, side conversations and exchanges on how to make it work. the lead up to the conference saw a stream of initiatives, sanctions dropped against some taliban leaders, debt relief for afghanistan of billions of dollars and others. for what has become a pressing global security challenge and a test of how to fix a failed state. >> by the middle of next year we have to turn the tide in the fight against the insurgency and also in our work to support afghan government in winning the trust of the people. so today, we affirm as an international community, that the increase in our military efforts must be matched with governanc
. >> i'm shannon bream live in washington. target taliban. a drone attack may have killed a top leader a live report coming up. >> arrested in haiti, ten americans are detained in the quake zone. was this about child trafficking or a mixup. >> hope crushed. obama girl's famous crush let her down. we'll talk to her about how it all fell apart. america's news headquarters live from the nation's capital starts right now. we begin with a alert a mission to rescue haitian orphans did not go the way a church group expected as the ten americans tried to take the children across the border into the dominican republic they were detained by haitian police. laura engle has the latest . >> they're in custody. a relumes that could be a misunderstanding but until the american group appears before a judge in port-au-prince tomorrow, they aren't going anywhere. the ten americans are suspected taking part in an illegal adoption scheme according to the haitian social affairs minister. church members thought they had the paperwork in order to take the children across the border to the dominican re
the world funding the taliban? >>> welcome to the program. i'm christiane amanpour. and today we explore the way opium fuels the insurgency in afghanistan and beyond. we'll speak to the top international drug official, and to a journalist who's seen firsthand the taliban's relationship with drug money. >>> plus, we have a searing look at the sale of daughters and wives in india. we talk to women who are struggling to end this multi-billion dollar slave trade. >>> but first, opium and heroin are fueling the war in afghanistan, and insurgencies around the world, as well as crime and addiction. just listen to these statistics. afghan opium kills more people every year than any other drug. and in nato countries every year, heroin from the afghan poppy fields kills five times more users than all the nato troops who's died fighting the afghan war over the last eight years. the u.n.'s top drug enforcement official told me that the taliban is much more involved in every aspect of the drug trade than previously thought. joining me now, antonio maria costa, the social director of the united nation
questions about security in afghanistan. the taliban is claiming credit for a suicide bombing that killed seven cia employees, including the cia's chief of post there. the big question tonight, how did a suicide bomber get deep inside a fortified military base near the border with pakistan? the cia says the attacks will be avenged. chris lawrence reports now on one of the deadliest days in the history of the cia. >> reporter: unlike their military counterparts in afghanistan, cia workers serve in the shadows, their names unknown to most americans. some gather intelligence. others analyze the intel or recruit afghans to the american side. now seven are dead, six wounded, and a u.s. intelligence official is promising revenge quote, this attack will be avenged through successful, aggressive, counterterrorism operations. on wednesday, a single suicide bomber got on to this american base in eastern afghanistan. a u.s. official described it as a crucial base where the cia monitored the pakistani border and conducted intelligence operations. >> even going back as far as 2004, choeft was a very a
that these predator attacks are the only way to go up against al qaeda and the taliban in these tribal areas of pakistan. >> reporter: the bomber was a jordanian doctor. in the video he sits next to the leader of the pakistani taliban. and says his suicide mission was in response to one specific drone attack that killed the former pakistani taliban leader. >> reporter: that is a new threat against the u.s. in afghanistan. and points to a dangerous partnership between the taliban and al qaeda. >> al qaeda will then provide its knowledge and resources to the pakistani taliban and the pakistani taliban will provide the manpower -- the footsoldiers as well as the logistical support on a regular basis to al qaeda. >> reporter: that collaboration between al qaeda and taliban on both sides of the border is what worries u.s. officials the most. they're asking for help from the pakistanis. until they get that help, american soldiers will be danger. david. >> nick, thank you. >>> we turn to robin wright now. robin, you heard the threat there, this is revenge for the drone attack that killed their lead
distribution is uneven and sometimes chaotic. under attack, the taliban in the afghan capital. our correspondent is forced to take cover. >> they have been going off about 2.5 hours. we are here in the basement. >> a very warm welcome to "bbc worldñ news," broadcast in america on pbs and elsewhere around the world. the man who shot pope john paul ii is released. we'll look at why mystery still surrounds the assassination attempt. and a welcome to new zealand's prince. hello to you. nearly one week after the earthquake struck haiti and despite a colossal international efforts, tens of thousands of victims are still waiting for aid -- despite a colossal international effort. large numbers of earthquake survivors are having to fend for themselves. many are just trying to leave the city. our correspondent is in port-au- prince. >> it has been nearly one week since this happened, and it is not surprising that the american general is in charge of the relief operation year, he says he believes the final death toll, although we may not know that accurately -- the american general who is i
to a battleground. another well-organized taliban assaults on one of the country's cities, a tactic to create chaos and undermine security in a spectacular fashion. fighters took up positions on this building, close to the governor of hellman's office. -- helmland's office. the building was surrounded. the fighting with on for hours. this came a day after president hamid karzai tuck -- calls for talks with the taliban in london. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is not gaining ground as a way to end a conflict here. president karzai's election opponent has announced his support. >> i do believe we should reach out to the people we are fighting against in these provinces. we should reach out to them like brothers. we will see if there are people who will speak to us. they only want to bring the state down. they do not believe in the process. >> behind-the-scenes, it appears the contact is being made. a western official told the bbc that the un special envoy was seeking talks with the representative from the taliban leadership. we could not confirm whether discussions had taken place. all the
to the taliban being reintegrated into afghan society. >> i believe that military means may be effective, but it should be behind the political. that is what the president is now trying. >> more than 70 countries backed president karzai's peace plan, including the fund to pay taliban fighters to give up their weapons and be reintegrated into society. >> with the personal chemistry still clearly working, hillary clinton and david miliband speak to a conference that was intended to breathe new life into sorting out afghanistan. 70 plus representatives squzed into their seats. americans took a back seat. it was gordon brown who set out the objective. >> by the middle of next year we have to turn the tide in the fight against the insurgency and also in our work to support the afghan government in winning the trust of the people. >> how to do it, well, one important part of the strategy is to try to divide the taliban by offering them cash and jobs to leave. plenty of volunteers are just there because the taliban usually pay them well. >> reintegration is what afghan needs. we must reach out
's prepared to pay taliban fighrs to swap sides in the war. >> and kicking out the kids. italy plans a crackdown on the children who just won't leave home. ♪ >>ello to you. as haiti's official death toll reaches 75,000. that's the number just so far countried in mass graves. and it has been buffeted by two more aftershocks. it is estimated almost half a million people are homeless, camps are to be built for them outside the capital and the main port has finally partially reopened to speed the supply of aid. but still, nine days after the strongest earthquake in two centurys, help is not reaching those that need it. bbc's correspondent is in port-au-prince. >> vital equipment coming ashore to help reopen haiti's only port. a difficult maneuver on a makeshift ramp. and u.s. commanders say as of today, the port is back in business and some aid can start arriving. but it won't be business as usual. the port has been shatter. sections have literally been torn apart. and shipping containers pitched into the water. and cranes that could be off loading lifesaving supplies, listing and idle
the growing threat of taliban violence. first though, i knew union nations report puts the number of afghans killed last year said at its highest number since the taliban were toppled in 2010. -- coupled and in 2001. our correspondent has this from kabul. >> this is the scene from one of the worst attacks in kabul in recent months. this is the main road leading from the center -- from the city center down. a suicide car bomber stop right here. he hit a convoy killing six italian soldiers. 10 afghans were also killed in the blast. there were amongst the more than 2400 civilians who lost their lives during this conflict last year, the deadliest year since the conflict began in 2001. according to the united nations, most of the civilian deaths were caused by the taliban. the afghan army and the u.s.- led forces were behind 600 doubts. still a big number, but a reduction of 30% on the figure a year before. that is because of a very deliberate decision by the nato- led forces not to use them any air strikes. in 2010, we have already seen quite a lot of heavy fighting, especially in the south of t
karzai is under pressure to crack down on corruption and taliban insurgents. parliamentary elections have been delayed because of a lack of funding. it is against this backdrop that the london conference on the future of afghanistan begins wednesday. you have been talking to general stanley mcchrystal about the role his troops will play in the months and years to come. >> what is your function? are you here to defeat the taliban? are you here to shore up the government in kabul? are you here as part of a long- term military presence? are you care to make sure that american troops and foreign troops can get out next year? >> we're here to give time and space for the afghan people to build a nation. we will not build a nation for them, nor can we secure the nation for them. it must be done by afghans. as international partners, we givehem an opportunity to do that. in doing that, we also meet our own requirements. we prevent the return of transnational terrorists like al-qaeda, and the return of a repressive regime, which is pretty unacceptable to anyone. >> who are you fighting? i have bee
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